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Haworthia venosa

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Scientific Name

Haworthia venosa (Lam.) Haw.

Synonyms

Haworthia venosa subsp. venosa, Aloe anomala, Aloe recurva, Aloe tricolor, Aloe venosa, Apicra anomala, Apicra recurva, Apicra tricolor, Catevala recurva, Catevala venosa, Haworthia distincta, Haworthia recurva

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Haworthia

Description

Haworthia venosa is one of the most widespread and also variable Haworthia. It is a stemless, rossete-forming succulent, up to 4 inches (10) cm in diameter with about 7-15 leaves arranged in spirals. The leaves are up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) wide at the base, fleshy, firm in texture, broadly triangular, strongly recurved, brownish to green. The upper surface is marked with six pale green anastomosing vertical lines forming a square patterned design and windowed. The lower surface is usually rounded slightly scabrid with raised coriaceous tubercles, especially in the upper part where they are arranged in transverse rows, margins with recurved white teeth. The inflorescence is lax, simple, raceme, few-flowered and up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall. The flowers are small, greenish-white with green veins.

Haworthia venosa

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Haworthia are not considered difficult houseplants to grow—if you can keep a pot of aloe alive on a windowsill, chances are you can do the same with a dish of Haworthia. As with all succulents, the most dangerous situation is too much water—they should never be allowed to sit in water under any circumstances. At the same time, these decorative little plants can be grown in interesting containers such as tea cups and even miniature baby shoes. If you’re given a Haworthia in such a container, make sure the container had adequate drainage. If it doesn’t, it might be a good idea to pop the plant out of its container and add a layer of gravel to the bottom to reduce the wicking action of the soil above. Finally, look out for sunburned spots on your plants.

Haworthia are small (usually remaining between 3 inches (7.5 cm) and 5 (12.5 cm) inches in height) and relatively slow-growing. They are often grown in small clusters in wide, shallow dishes. Over time, clusters will naturally enlarge as the mother plant sends off small plantlets. When the cluster has outgrown its dish, repot in the spring or early summer into a new wide and shallow dish with fresh potting soil… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.

Origin

Native to Namibia and South Africa.

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